SeeHer Story Remembers Fannie Lou Hamer, Black Voting Rights Activist, in Episode 2
When former sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer first learned that Black people were finally allowed to vote, she knew exactly how she wanted to spend her life — fighting for every Black American's right to have a voice.
Hamer's inspirational work as a civil rights leader and in securing black voter rights broke political barriers. That’s why SeeHer Story has chosen to look back at her extraordinary life in this week’s episode.
Katie Couric Media and PEOPLE partnered to create the second season of SeeHer Story, a weekly digital video series created to celebrate various female trailblazers from the past 100 years to today.
Born in Montgomery County, Mississippi, in 1917, Hamer was raised on a plantation as a sharecropper. At only 12, Hamer quit school to work in the fields, and later got married and settled on the same plantation where she grew up.
The activist worked diligently for the organization until she died at 59 years old of breast cancer in 1977.
SeeHer Story will be a regular feature in PEOPLE’s print edition, the weekday morning newsletter Wake-Up Call with Katie Couric and on PeopleTV’s entertainment show, PEOPLE Now. This week's episode on Williams will correspond with a feature story in the July 6 issue of PEOPLE. Unilever is sponsoring the second season of the year-long series.
"SeeHer Story celebrates the important contributions of bold women from the past 100 years who have changed our country forever,” said Couric in a statement. “We hope recognizing them and telling their stories will not only give them their due but will also inspire the next generation of leaders.”
She added, “Together with Meredith and PEOPLE, I’m so excited to bring back a second season of stories of women whose names you may know — and put those whose achievements are not as well-known — front and center so we can celebrate them as well.”
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